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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Banned Books

Banned Books Week: It’s Perfectly Normal

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I’m so excited to learn another new title:

5. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

I am completely unfamiliar with this book but it appears to be designed to talk to kids about
their changing bodies and sex. Knowledge is power, people. We don’t want a bunch of hormone
enraged middle schoolers doing things that they don’t know the consequences of. This reminds me of those
great books by the American Girl doll people who discuss puberty with young tweens. Kids need to know that
it’s all perfectly normal, even if it feels weird.

I do NOT think this is pornography, but you be the judge.

 

4.    The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

(see I told you we’d see Toni Morrison again!)

If you’ve ever felt like an outcast then you will understand Pecola’s desire to be like the other children in
her town. This book has been challenged since the beginning of time, it feels. Such an important message
for teens to understand.

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.